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Phil's BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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San Diego
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nothing special, expensive, not very tasty, plus they gave me a different sandwich than I ordered. No atmosphere, just a sandwich shop in a shopping center

Thank NomersSanDiego
San Marcos, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food selection is good as to varieties chicken, beef and pork - however past the food selection, I am dissapointed in the ambiance - the acoustics are terrible and even trying outside is not very satisfactory - probably next time would choos resturant next door and better comfort and less noise and better service.

Thank terryhensley1
San Marcos, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Because of our dietary regime, we do visit this location only about once a quarter, but any time we had a meal there, it was fantastic. The greeters are always smiling, the order takers friendly, and the excellent quality food always served in a timely manner. Like to take out of town visitors there.

Thank patberi
Los Angeles, California
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294 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ducked in here tonight to get out of the rain to have me some great Q! I ordered the "El Diablo" sliced BBQ beef sandwich. It was cooked perfectly but after a few bites, the seasoning was way too strong and was starting to disagree with me. I summoned their manager Scott over and explained my situation. He asked... More 

Thank Sid k
Reston, United States
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service is excellent and quick and the food is some of best BBQ that I've had (outside of North Carolina and Texas) Go here. Trust me. You want a good filling big portion of BBQ and you are hungry AND your doctor says your cholesterol is not too high ;) Try it. We've been several times and enjoy everything

Thank Clark G
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter you lives in Carlsbad took me here while visiting her. Yummy food. I have had bbq from across the US and this place is one of the best. I bought sauce and rub mix to take back to Kentucky with me. Great service, love the sports ticker at the bar. Will be back when ever I visit California... More 

Thank Pauline P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I travel around the country and follow Man Vs Food establishments. I live in Texas and have eaten a lot of BBQ yet I have found the BEST beef ribs in the USA( we ate both beef and pork ribs). Please be aware that others feel the same way so you WILL WAIT in line, at times over an hour,... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since first seeing Phil's BBQ on a popular US food TV programme this restaurant has been our #1 destination whenever we have a family vacation in southern California. The service is excellent, offers great value for money and the food is simply awesome.

Thank wmsimpson
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121 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

This place is addicting, fortunately we do not live super close as we would be there way to much but whenever we are down in the area It's Phil's time! The chicken and trip tip are amazing, add in come fries which are some of my favorite ever fries, the corn and some great beer on tap and you have... More 

Thank Mark P
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171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Our group of four recently went to Phil's for dinner for the first time. Despite the long line to order at a counter, we enjoyed our food very much. The service was somewhat inconvenient as we had to go to the bar to order beers and then were unable to get a second round from our waiter. He said we'd... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?